This Week In Home Entertainment: Inside Llewyn Davis, The Book Thief And More

By Jessica Rawden 2014-03-11 17:16:48discussion comments
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Inside Llewyn Davis
Inside Llewyn Davis Blu-ray
The Coen Brothers picked an attractive setting for their latest theatrical endeavor. Greenwich Village in the sixties is a place bustling with life, art and plenty of movement--even during the cold, grey days of winterómaking for a great place and time to introduce a character. The menís latest, Inside Llewyn Davis, is a circular film with no apparent aims or story, yet itís still infused with humor and enough human moments to keep fans invested through its 104-minute runtime.

Inside Llewyn Davis follows down-and-out musician Llewyn (Oscar Isaac) as he meanders through his life in Greenwich Village in the 1960s. Heís an alright musician with an alright breadth of talent, but despite his unattractiveness as a musician, heís a man unwilling to compromise to make a career. He wants to sing folk songs that arenít big sellers, but he doesnít have enough stage presence or personality to get the record labels on board. While his music career is dwindling, his personal life is at a standstill, as well. Llewyn spends his days as a homeless couch crasher, relying on an older couple and his pregnant former girlfriend, Jean (Carey Mulligan), to offer him a place to sleep most nights.

Llewyn would probably call himself down and out on his luck, but Inside Llewyn Davis is really a tale of an aimless drifteróan unlikeable one to boot. You shouldnít go into the story expecting it to have the certain flair or oddball sense of humor that populates many of the Coen brothersí stories. This one is grim in look and grim in appearance, and even when it does display a sense of humor, itís of the dark kind, illuminating even more unlikeable features about our main protagonist. There isnít much story, to boot, but as far as character studies go, Inside Llewyn Davis is still a compelling watch. It helps that Isaac is supported by John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham, Adam Driver and Justin Timberlake.

You can order Inside Llewyn Davis over at Amazon.

Best Special Feature: Thereís only one special feature on this disc. Itís cleverly called "Inside Inside Llewyn Davis", and itís really fascinating, mostly because the Coen Brothers are great on camera. Thatís not something that can be said about a lot of directors, but the two are very candid and thereís a nice interplay between them. They have a brotherly dynamic thatís fun without getting silly.

The segment also features plenty of interviews with the other cast members and creators. Obviously, Oscar Isaac is heavily involved considering heís in every single scene of the movie, but we also hear from everyone from John Goodman to the costume designer. Fun fact: the film was set in Ď60/í61 because no one wanted to have to include Bob Dylan, but you canít possibly make a movie about folk music during the time of Bob Dylan and not address him.
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